The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Washington, District of Columbia
including Georgetown, Pathfinder, Benning, Deanewood, Kenilworth, Winthrop Heights
Mayors, Postmasters

Mayors of Washington, 1802-2011 (may be incomplete!)
Robert Brent 1802-12 Daniel Rapine 1812-13 James H. Blake 1813-17 Benjamin G. Orr 1817-19 Samuel N. Smallwood 1819-22 Thomas Carbery 1822-24 Samuel N. Smallwood 1824 Roger C. Weightman 1824-27 Joseph Gales, Jr. 1827-30 John P. Van Ness 1830-34 William A. Bradley 1834-36 Peter Force 1836-40 William Winston Seaton 1840-50 Walter Lenox 1850-52 John W. Maury 1852-54 John Thomas Towers 1854-56 William B. Magruder 1856-58 James G. Berret 1858-61 Richard Wallach 1861-68 Sayles J. Bowen 1868-70 Matthew Gault Emery 1870-71 Walter Washington 1975-79 Marion Barry 1979-91 Sharon Pratt Kelly 1991-95 Marion Barry 1995-99 Anthony A. Williams 1999-2007 Adrian Fenty 2007-11 Vincent C. Gray 2011-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1978: Walter Washington (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1982: E. Brooke Lee, Jr., defeated.
  • 1986: Carol Schwartz (Rep), defeated.
  • 1990 Sep 11: Sharon Pratt Dixon (Dem), nominated; John Ray (Dem), defeated in primary; Charlene Drew Jarvis (Dem), defeated in primary; David A. Clarke (Dem), defeated in primary; Walter E. Fauntroy (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1990 Sep 11: Maurice T. Turner, Jr. (Rep), nominated unopposed.
  • 1990 Sep 11: Alvin C. Frost (D.C. Statehood), nominated unopposed.
  • 1990 Nov 6: Sharon Pratt Dixon (Dem), elected; Maurice T. Turner, Jr. (Rep), defeated; Alvin C. Frost (D.C. Statehood), defeated; Nancy Lord (Libertarian), defeated; Mary E. Cox (Ind), defeated; Brian P. Moore (Ind), defeated; Bernell Brooks (Ind), defeated; Thomas Barnes Carter (Ind), defeated; Ike Nahem (Socialist Workers), defeated; Osie L. Thorpe (Ind), defeated; Faith (Ind), defeated.
  • 1994 Sep 13: Marion Barry (Dem), nominated; John Ray (Dem), defeated in primary; Sharon Pratt Kelly (Dem), defeated in primary; Otis H. Troupe (Dem), defeated in primary; Don Reeves (Dem), defeated in primary; Osie L. Thorpe (Dem), defeated in primary; Don Folden, Sr. (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1994 Sep 13: Carol Schwartz (Rep), nominated; Brian P. Moore (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1994 Nov 8: Marion Barry (Dem), elected; Carol Schwartz (Rep), defeated; Curtis Pree (Ind), defeated; Jodean M. Marks (D.C. Statehood), defeated; Jesse Battle, Jr. (Ind), defeated; Aaron Ruby (Socialist Workers), defeated; Faith (Ind), defeated.
  • 1998 Sep 15: Anthony A. Williams (Dem), nominated; Kevin P. Chavous (Dem), defeated in primary; Jack Evans (Dem), defeated in primary; Harold Brazil (Dem), defeated in primary; Sylvia Robinson-Green (Dem), defeated in primary; Jeff Gildenhorn (Dem), defeated in primary; Osie L. Thorpe (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1998 Sep 15: Carol Schwartz (Rep), nominated unopposed.
  • 1998 Sep 15: John Gloster, Jr. (D.C. Statehood), nominated unopposed.
  • 1998 Nov 3: Anthony A. Williams (Dem), elected; Carol Schwartz (Rep), defeated; John Gloster, Jr. (D.C. Statehood), defeated; Alpha Brown (Ind), defeated; Brian P. Moore (Ind), defeated; Faith (Ind), defeated; Sam Manuel (Socialist Workers), defeated; Albert Ceccone (Ind), defeated.
  • 2002 Sep 10: Douglas Moore (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 2010 Nov 2: Vincent C. Gray, elected; Omari Musa (Socialist Workers), defeated.

    Postmasters at Washington, 1796-1972 (may be incomplete!)
    Lund Washington 1796-99 Thomas Munroe 1799-1829 William Jones 1829-39 James L. Gunnell 1839-41 William Jones 1841-45 Charles K. Gardner 1845-49 William A. Bradley 1849-53 James G. Berret 1853-58 William Jones 1858-61 Lewis Clephane 1861-63 Sayles J. Bowen 1863-68 Charles M. Alexander 1868-69 James M. Edmunds 1869-79 Daniel B. Ainger 1880-82 Thomas L. Tullock 1882-83 Frank B. Conger 1883-88 John W. Ross 1888-90 Henry Sherwood 1890-94 James P. Willett 1894-99 John A. Merritt 1899-1906 Benjamin F. Barnes 1906-09 Norman A. Merritt 1909 Charles P. Granfield 1909-10 Norman A. Merritt 1910-14 Otto Praeger 1914-15 Merritt O. Chance 1915-23 William M. Mooney 1923-24 William M. Mooney 1924-36 Vincent C. Burke 1936-48 W. Gordon Bell 1948-49 Roy M. North 1949-58 Malcolm R. Clarke 1958 Carlton G. Beall 1958-59 Carlton G. Beall 1959-72

    Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1863 Mar 15: Lewis Clephane, resigned.
  • 1879 Dec 14: James M. Edmunds, died in office.
  • 1883 Jun 20: Thomas L. Tullock, died in office.

    (consolidated with Washington, 1871)

    Postmasters at Georgetown, 1800-77 (may be incomplete!)
    Joseph Carleton 1800-02 James O. Bowman 1802 Tristam Dalton 1803-04 Samuel Hanson 1804-07 David Wiley 1807-12 Susanna Wiley 1812-15 Thomas Corcoran 1815-30 James Corcoran 1830-34 Harriet H. Corcoran 1834-40 Henry W. Tilley 1840-61 Henry Addison 1861-65 George Hill, Jr. 1865-70 Charles H. Cragin 1870-73 George Hill, Jr. 1873-77

    (became part of D.C., 1800)

    Postmasters at Georgetown, 1784-1800 (may be incomplete!)
    William B. Magruder 1784-96 Thomas Clark 1796 Richard Forrest 1796-98 Joseph Carleton 1798-1800

    (postoffice in Washington)

    Postmasters at Pathfinder, 1901 (may be incomplete!)
    A. T. Putnam as of 1901

    (postoffice in Washington)

    Postmasters at Benning, 1901 (may be incomplete!)
    Leila Shaw as of 1901

    (postoffice in Washington)

    Postmasters at Deanewood, 1901 (may be incomplete!)
    R. L. Main as of 1901

    (postoffice in Washington)

    Postmasters at Kenilworth, 1901 (may be incomplete!)
    Grace D. Parker as of 1901

    Winthrop Heights
    (postoffice in Washington)

    Postmasters at Winthrop Heights, 1901 (may be incomplete!)
    Lafayette C. Loomis as of 1901

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